RSPCA Victoria


At RSPCA Victoria, we rely on dedicated and compassionate volunteers to assist with many aspects of our operations - from lending a hand at one of our events to hands-on work caring for animals. Without the support of so many committed volunteers, we simply could not care for the thousands of animals that come into our care each year.

Some important information about becoming a volunteer:

The minimum age to volunteer is 15 or 18 years depending on the role. We ask our volunteers to make a six month commitment to volunteering, often with four-hour shifts on a weekly or fortnightly basis. 

Please note we are unable to provide work experience or offer any student placements.

A brief description of the types of roles we offer can be found under the Current Volunteer Opportunities on this page.

  • Department Support relates to roles that assist in areas such as administration, education, community outreach, finance, fundraising and marketing.
  • Events - relates to any special events we may be seeking volunteers for such as our annual Millions Paws Walk (if no events are being recruited for, the Events option will not appear)
  • Foster Care relates to people wanting to foster an animal in need.
  • Op Shops relates to volunteer roles in our Op Shops.
  • Operations relates to operational roles in areas such as kennels, cattery, horse & livestock, maintenance, vet clinic and customer care.

We are so lucky to have so much interest in our volunteer positions, however this sometimes means demand for places can outweigh need.

Please read through the list of Current Volunteer Opportunities and apply online if you see a role you’re interested in. If there isn’t a role currently that suits you, keep checking back in as our recruitment needs change daily!

For more information about becoming a volunteer please read our FAQs or email our Volunteer Team

We are proud to be recognised as an Advanced Workplace in the
Mental Health First Aid Workplace Recognition Program.

About RSPCA Victoria

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, we have become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

RSPCA Victoria is a member of RSPCA Australia (the federation of the eight state and territory RSPCAs in Australia). The RSPCA National Board consists of the Presidents of their nominees from each member Society, with the CEOs as advisors.

Across the state, the RSPCA Victoria's community services include the work undertaken by our Inspectorate, Animal Care Centres, Clinics and Education teams.

RSPCA Victoria operates Animal Care Centres across Victoria, providing refuge, care and new homes where possible to more than 20,000 animals every year.

Our team of RSPCA Inspectors works to protect animals from cruelty, receiving more than 18,000 complaints every year, prosecuting offenders and rescuing animals from dangerous situations.

Our Education team contributes to prevention strategies by influencing over 8,000 young people each year about the value and importance of animals in our lives.

RSPCA Victoria works to educate the community regarding animal welfare and works with government and industry to ensure the standard of animal welfare and care continues to improve. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to carry out our work with more than 90% of our funding coming from the generous support of the Victorian community.

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